Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) rushes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Arrowhead Fix: The Day Off Edition

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Fix.

Tuesdays in the NFL are the players’ Sundays. This is their day of rest during the week before they head back to work to begin preparation for the next opponent. This week is no different. The only difference is, tomorrow begins Raider Week Part II. In addition to it being Raider Week once again, this one is special. The Chiefs have two ways they can clinch their playoff spot this weekend.

Because the Chiefs are playing the late game at 3:05PM Arrowhead time, they can be a playoff team before the opening kickoff if the New England Patriots defeat the Miami Dolphins during the early game. If that happens, the Chiefs will have the #5 AFC Seed locked up. That will also create some decisions for head coach Andy Reid on playing his starters for the full game. Adam Teicher from ESPN put together a good piece outlining the scenarios.

If the Dolphins win, the Chiefs can clinch that playoff spot by beating Oakland anyway. If Miami loses, the Chiefs are in but they will still have a chance to win the AFC West championship. The Denver Broncos need to win two of their final three games to clinch the division title.

Speaking of starters, Randy Covitz over at the Kansas City Star posted an article about Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles getting better as the season wears on.

I knew I was going to get the ball the whole day, because of the type of weather that was outside. I knew everyone was saying, ‘It’s your type of day.’ But it doesn’t matter what type of day…it’s every day for me. No matter what kind of weather conditions, I love to get the ball anyway.” – Jamaal Charles

Finally, Reid Ferrin at the Mothership has the entire transcript of Andy Reid’s Monday press conference here. We’ve covered a majority of his topics in articles already posted on AA about the future of the franchise and how he thought the offensive line played. But one thing we haven’t talked about is the injury update he gave at the beginning of the presser.

Alright, injuries are the same three that I mentioned yesterday; Branden Albert is still working on getting back from a hyperextended knee, Anthony Fasano a concussion and then Justin Houston with the elbow. Day-to-day on all of them. We’ll just see how it goes. Really, nothing to mention from this last game as far as the injuries go.

This is all good news as the Chiefs enter the home stretch. Getting Albert, Fasano and Houston back just in time for the playoffs, but continuing to play strong in their absence can only mean good things for the Chiefs in the post season.

That’s it for today, Addicts. Raider Week starts tomorrow!



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  • berttheclock

    When in Hades are you scheduled for some much needed R & R? Please, take a moment or two as the critical days are a’comin’ and we wouldn’t want to read of any flame out at 35,000 feet. Even “Junior Birdmen” must take five on occasion. “The smoking lamp is lit; smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.”

    • Jason Seibel

      You trying to get rid of me, Bert?

      • berttheclock

        Never. I’m just worried about burn out. I’m about to dub you “ubiquitous”, sort of the “Scarlet Pimpernel” version. “Those Frenchies see him here, they see him there, those Frenchies see him everywhere, that elusive Scarlet Pimpernel”. Nah, I just enjoy your dedication and your columns. Keep flying ahead.

        • RWchiefs

          The #5 seed wont locked until both the ravens and dolphins have 7 losses or the Chiefs have 11 wins. The playoffs would be a lock, but not the #5 seed.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I hope Reid doesn’t put this team on cruise control after we clinch. That is always a momentum killer, and anything can happen with Denver. They have one of the best teams that we have seen in a while but if you take Peyton Manning out of the equation then they are a .500 team. It’s cold, he is banged up and not to mention that he is old. With all that said if the stars in the sky line up just right we could still fall into the number 1-2 seed so please Reid keep your foot on the gas

  • Norman Gunn

    I know this sounds crazy but there is a chance in hell the Broncos lose two games. We saw with Aaron Rodgers that all it takes is one hit. The Chiefs need to keep their foot on the gas pedal.

  • Mark Bustamante

    The Chiefs need to stay focused on THE PRIZE!! Play each of these games like it’s their SUPER BOWL. No slowing down no resting starters petal to the metal BALLS OUT play. The only thing winning does is breed more winning!!! GO CHIEFS